There are so many ways the earth changes, both quickly and over time. Sometimes these concepts can be a a bit difficult to grasp when reading only from a textbook source. But if you do an experiment with frosted pastry to see how upward pressure from plant roots can break down the earth’s surface then all of a sudden everything makes sense. Try understanding uplift by experimenting with a Snickers bar. You can even simulate your own earthquake. Do an activity that clearly illustrates geologic time by unrolling a roll of toilet tissue. The photographs are stunning, the graphics illustrative, and the information is excellent. Take a trip through the Grand Canyon, identifying the layers as you go based on the mnemonic provided.
How well do you understand the voting requirements? Here’s a game that asks you to answer questions about the history of voting rights. If you answer correctly, you earn a card that awards you characters to play the game. Be sure to pay attention to the year the character is attempting to vote. You'll need to look at the character’s age, gender, criminal history, status of citizenship, and ability to read. This game can be played solo or with the imaginary figures offered.
On Thanksgiving take time to explore all the massive information available on this incredible site from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Begin by playing Culture Quest's map that depicts ten regions in the Western Hemisphere for you to examine native cultures who once lived there. Each region contains activities that offer knowledge for the environment and culture of indigenous native groups. In addition to the activity, you’ll find a picture of the environment where you can find out about the animals and plants that live there. Click on the topics at the top of the inset to find a small map, an artifact, related resources such as photographs, and even videos, and a look at the people of that particular culture today.
Share this study guide with friends, family, and students to explore the myth about Thanksgiving and the gathering of the Pilgrims and Native Americans near what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. There's a great description of the Wampanoags who lived close to where the Pilgrims landed. This study guide depicts the area's economy, society, and religious practices. The years just before the Pilgrims moved in were hard and destructive to the Wampanoag way of life. The Pilgrims found a weakened people, who, despite their own problems, taught the neophyte Englishmen enough to get them through the year. See how the myth of Thanksgiving diverges from the truth when you read about the harvest ceremony the English held.
Wouldn't you love to know what really happened at the First Thanksgiving? Check out this activity from Plimoth Plantation where kids take on the role of “history detectives” to investigate what happened at the famous 1621 celebration. You’ll read a letter written by an eyewitness to the event, learn about Wampanoag traditions of giving thanks, and visit Pilgrim Mary Allerton’s home. As a final activity, kids can design and print their own Thanksgiving exhibit panel.
The Exploratorium is a science museum in San Francisco that has incredible exhibits and offers great information on the web. This site has information on the atmosphere and depicts how it works making it easy to understand climate change. Examine longwave heat radiation, shortwave solar radiation, records of atmospheric carbon dioxide, temperature anomalies, and atmospheric layers and temperature anomalies. Images or graphs explain various informative data. So get informed first hand to do your part for climate change!
This is a fantastic site to help your elementary class understand the dangers of of lead. Take a moment and join the adventures of the Lead Busters Club. Then learn where to look for places that lead paint can be found, and find out what to do to protect yourself from lead poisoning. There are games, word searches, quizzes, and songs speaking on lead awareness, plus a certificate to show completion of the exercise. A teacher’s guide is available providing more information on lead poisoning and its symptoms.
Got a mole on your back causing you the inability to understand stoichiometry? Then click on this site to enable a better understanding of Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23). Watch this brief video to grasp general information about the mole and how its use is. Included are the text of the movie to run off and practice questions.
Why are rain forests so heavily guarded? Find information on this biological and cultural diversity in the tropical rain forests, and read why rain is so important for stability. How do they stabilize climate? The section on Human Needs gives information on foods that the rain forest provides as well medicinal anecdotes. It also speaks how human uses of products in the rain forest can result in degradation. The featured articles highlight interesting plants and animals found in the rain forest. What a fantastic resource site!
The motto for the Giraffe Heroes Project is Nobis Est, (It’s Up to Us) So Stick Your Neck Out. Take note from this motto that anyone can be a hero no matter how small the task is. On this site you’ll find stories and videos of people from all around the world who are doing amazing things to help their communities in diverse ways. There are hundreds of stories from people who have stuck their necks out to help solve simple or complex issues. The site also offers a free lesson that will work for all grades on character education. In addition, it provides a free download of It’s Up To Us, a program for middle schools.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.